Batman: Widening GyreIt's another hefty week for comics, with some great options from the world of crossover comics properties. From Dark Knights to Green Goliaths and everywhere between, here's a breakdown of what's on my list this week:

"BATMAN: THE WIDENING GYRE" #1 (DC): Back in May, Kevin Smith told Splash Page that this could be the last Batman story he ever writes—which should be reason enough to pick it up. Having previously authored "Batman: Cacophony" (which featured my favorite new villain, Onomatopoeia, created by Smith during his "Green Arrow" run), Smith promises to introduce a brand new character in "Widening Gyre," which he's writing alongside his frequent collaborator in both comics and film, artist/actor Walt Flanagan.

With the combined comics cred of Smith and Flanagan and a new character in the wings, this one's a can't-miss pickup for readers this week. Read More...


Army of Darkness: Ash Saves ObamaIt's a fun week for comics with movie and television ties. From impressive adaptations of much-anticipated films to surreal team-ups so crazy they just might work, here are some of the books I'm checking out this week—and you should, too!

"ARMY OF DARKNESS: ASH SAVES OBAMA" #1 (Dynamite Entertainment): Confession time: I've been offering "Ashley J. Williams," the name of Bruce Campbell's iconic, chainsaw-wielding hero from the "Evil Dead" movies, as my write-in candidate for most minor and major elections for almost a decade now. If I don't know the nominees, who better for the office than a guy who's saved the world from the Deadite scourge countless times?

In this new Dynamite series, my vision for a better tomorrow kinda/sorta finds a home, with U.S. President Barack Obama visiting a comic convention targeted for Deadite invasion, leaving the Commander-in-Chief of the Boomstick Brigade as Obama's only hope. Like I've said before, it's so crazy, it's going to work. Fact. (And did I mention the amazing Todd Nauck cover?) Read More...


Star Trek: NeroIt's an interesting week for comics with movie/television tie-ins, with a lot of fan-favorite properties in the mix—especially for science-fiction fans! Here's what we're adding to our pull list for August 12, 2009:

"STAR TREK: NERO" #1 (IDW Publishing): Remember how Romulan villain Nero (played by Eric Bana) was supposed to have been waiting 25 years to catch Spock after getting caught in that crazy time-bending portal? What was he doing all that time? Well, if that plot element from the recent "Star Trek" movie has been keeping you up at night, you can sleep safely knowing that IDW is kicking off a new series this week that chronicles Nero's off-camera machinations.

Written by Mike Johnson and Tim Jones, with art and covers by David Messina, "Nero" follows in the footsteps of IDW's previous, well-received "Star Trek" titles that not only earned kudos from comics fans, but from the Trek faithful, too. It's as close to a sure thing as you get in the world of comics based on movie and television projects, so go ahead and grab a copy. Read More...


MayhemAfter taking a much-needed, post-Comic-Con week off, we're back with all of the regular features here on Splash Page -- and that includes your weekly dose of comics crossovers to look out for among this week's titles. Our spotlight comic this week is one of the most heavily promoted new series lately, with a famous creator who's taken every opportunity possible to let you know about his his new book.

"MAYHEM" #1 (Image Comics): Created by actor/musician Tyrese Gibson ("Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen"), this new series is Gibson's first foray into the comic book world, but he's been saying all the right things and making all the right moves to prove it's not just a passing whim.

The story of a gun-slinging vigilante who battles with an evil drug kingpin in L.A., "Mayhem" has been the first (and last) thing Gibson's talked about during countless interviews and press events, while also never shying away from his status as a newcomer to the comics world. As he told MTV News back in June, he's knocking at the door of the comics world, and it's up to fans to let him in. Read More...

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Dethklok vs. The GoonIt's a big week for comic books with ties to the movie and television world, and that means you better bring a few extra dollars to the shop this time around. Here's what you need to pick up this week to make your life complete:

"DETHKLOK VS. THE GOON" (Dark Horse) -- The crossover that is very likely to rock your face off and tattoo an inky black mark upon your soul is here, folks. Here's hoping your affairs are in your order, because when Nathan Explosion, William Murderface and the rest of Adult Swim's "Metalocalypse" cast face off against The Goon, there's no way a single comic book can contain the collateral damage.

We brought you the exclusive announcement of this one-shot story back in March, along with a video promo for the project created by "Metalocalypse" creator Brendan Small. If you haven't seen it yet, make sure to do so. Read More...

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Doctor Who #1It's a big week for great science-fiction titles, but they aren't the only comics of note hitting shelves this week. Here are some of the highlights from the world of comic book and movie/television crossovers.

"DOCTOR WHO" #1 (IDW Publishing) -- Writer Tony Lee brings the BBC's favorite Time Lord into a new monthly series that promises to feature a wealth of in-canon adventures, but also offer up a great jumping-on point for readers new to the worlds of "Doctor Who" and its hit spin-off series, "Torchwood."

I previewed the first issue of "Doctor Who" last week, and spoke to Lee about his plans for the series -- so if you like what you see (and especially if you're a "Doctor Who" geek like I am), make sure to add this one to your pull list this week. It's sci-fi gold. Read More...

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THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLYLast week's flood of comics has receded, but there's still some great issues with crossover appeal hitting shelves this week that you should add to your list. Here's what's looking good:

"THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY" #1 (Dynamite) -- Clint Eastwood's iconic "Man with No Name" rides again in this brand new story by writer Chuck Dixon and artist Esteve Polls. I don't care what you say about "Dirty Harry," folks -- "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly" and the rest of the "Man With No Name" films were Eastwood at his cigar-chompin', squinty-eyed best. This issue kicks off the five-part story "Dead Man's Hand," and I couldn't be happier to see the character continue to be one of the premiere bad-asses in any medium. Read More...

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G.I. Joe: The Rise of CobraIt's going to be an expensive week for comic book readers. Not only is Marvel Comics flooding the shelves with 40 new issues, but various other publishers are bringing their A-game to the week's releases, too.

What should readers with an eye toward movie/television crossover projects be adding to their lists? Here's a good place to start:

"G.I. JOE: THE RISE OF COBRA" #1 - OFFICIAL MOVIE ADAPTATION (IDW): We gave you a sneak peek at this comic back in May, and as any longtime comics fan will tell you, there's been a lot of great G.I. Joe stories told in comics over the years. IDW's already proven they're up to the task of doing great work with licensed properties like Transformers and Angel, so there's reason to be optimistic about their take on the world of the "G.I. Joe" movie. Read More...

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FREDDY VS. JASON VS. ASH: THE NIGHTMARE WARRIORSI'm running a day late on this week's edition of "Best Bets," but I hope you'll excuse the delay. When someone offers advance tickets to "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen," any self-respecting geek worth his long boxes knows that decisions have to be made and schedules should be shuffled for Optimus Prime -- and let's be honest here, Megan Fox.

So, without further excuses on my side, let's get right to the best of this week's comics with Hollywood ties, shall we?

"FREDDY VS. JASON VS. ASH: THE NIGHTMARE WARRIORS" #1 (DC/Dynamite) -- Not only is it the sequel to 2007's "Freddy Vs. Jason Vs. Ash" miniseries, which was based on the script to a movie that would have tied together the "Freddy Vs. Jason" movie and the "Evil Dead" trilogy (and that alone should be enough to excite, well... anyone), but "Nightmare Warriors" is co-written by James Kuhoric and comics/movie veteran Jeff Katz -- who provided the script treatment for the original "Freddy Vs. Jason Vs. Ash" story. Basically, "Nightmare Warriors" is likely to be every bit as good as you hope it will be. Read More...

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X-Men Origins: GambitThis week was a little light for comics with movie and television connections, but there were still some titles worth calling out for anyone who likes their weekly serving of comics with a side of media crossover appeal.

TOP OF THE STACK: "X-MEN ORIGINS: GAMBIT" #1 (Marvel) -- While Remy LeBeau has a lot more fans these days thanks to his big-screen debut in "X-Men Origins: Wolverine," mainstream audiences (and comics fans whose interests don't fall along the X-Men axis) probably aren't as savvy to his sordid past. Marvel looks to clear all that confusion up with this one-shot that delves into Gambit's criminal past -- and how he became one of the most popular heroes in the mutant universe.

Written by Mike Carey with art by David Yardin, this could be a great series to pick up if you're looking to prep for the inevitable Gambit solo movie or just want to fill in the blanks in your mutant memory. Read More...

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